J. A. Adande

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J. A. Adande
Born (1970-10-25) October 25, 1970 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S
Alma mater Northwestern University
Employer ESPN

J.A. Adande (/əˈdɑːnd/; born October 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American sports columnist who covers the National Basketball Association for ESPN.com. He also serves as a panelist for ESPN's Around the Horn and as a guest host on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption television shows. Adande is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism,[1][2]


Adande joined ESPN.com as an NBA columnist in August 2007. The panel at Around the Horn all congratulated him on the job and played a joke "Buy or Sell" segment about Adande's comments about joining ESPN. He is also now an NBA analyst on SportsCenter.[3]

Adande announced via Twitter on August 16th that he was relocating to Chicago and becoming Director of the new sports journalism program at Northwestern University, as well as a faculty member of the Medill School.

With his time at ESPN Adante has covered the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and the NBA Finals.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles, the son of Desire and Elizabeth (Oberstein) Adande.[5] His grandfather, Gerson "Gus" Oberstein (1914-2003), was a violinist who had played with jazzmen Joe Roland and Charlie Parker, and later with the Berkeley Symphony.[6]


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